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To Prune, or not to Prune... that is the question?

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Old 05-20-2012, 06:35 PM   #11
 
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I don't see it as similar to Wisteria, though I do see that the leaf structure is similar; but not the plants as a whole.

Floating, all leaves lay flat across the surface, upperside up.
yeah I guess just from the limited pics I have seen, the leaf structure reminded me eof wisteria a little bit.
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Old 05-20-2012, 06:38 PM   #12
 
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yeah I guess just from the limited pics I have seen, the leaf structure reminded me eof wisteria a little bit.
The other species that roots in the substrate has more finely divided leaves resembling Wisteria more. The floating species has much wider leaves.
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:05 PM   #13
 
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The other species that roots in the substrate has more finely divided leaves resembling Wisteria more. The floating species has much wider leaves.

I think that is the problem. I must have had the rooted variety and hoped I could let it float. It is not nice looking, gets brown quickly. I just dumped another huge load out in the garbage. It just didn't look like what you have pictured there or the Water Sprite you have in your tank. I am getting sick of fighting with it. I know it is said to be very easy and the stuff I have is a constant struggle.
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:55 PM   #14
 
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Another issue I have is, the one tank seems to be constantly messy on the substrate. I can only assume it is from the plants as it is a lightly stocked tank. 25 gallons, 3 Guppies 2 Tetra and a mystery snail. Still every single time that I clean the tank, the substrate is littered with crud. I know that some folks don't lean their substrate at all but I have to in this tank. It is a mess otherwise. Am I over doing it to think I can ever get the tank squeaky clean and still have plants?
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:37 AM   #15
 
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I think that is the problem. I must have had the rooted variety and hoped I could let it float. It is not nice looking, gets brown quickly. I just dumped another huge load out in the garbage. It just didn't look like what you have pictured there or the Water Sprite you have in your tank. I am getting sick of fighting with it. I know it is said to be very easy and the stuff I have is a constant struggle.
I have Ceratopteris thalictroides floating in my 125, it's all I could find anywhere, even online. The leaves are much smaller, but for me it is floating very well. I got two, and they alone cover 25% of the tanks surface, they're huge now! I've also plucked off a dozen baby plants that are growing like crazy too. Between them and the Dwarf Water Lettuce I have 90% coverage already after only a couple weeks.

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Another issue I have is, the one tank seems to be constantly messy on the substrate. I can only assume it is from the plants as it is a lightly stocked tank. 25 gallons, 3 Guppies 2 Tetra and a mystery snail. Still every single time that I clean the tank, the substrate is littered with crud. I know that some folks don't lean their substrate at all but I have to in this tank. It is a mess otherwise. Am I over doing it to think I can ever get the tank squeaky clean and still have plants?
Maybe feeding too much? I never clean my gravel (or sand) but don't see anything on it other than leaf litter. If I was to take a gravel vacuum to it then yes, I would see a dark cloud billowing up and a whole lot of 'gunk' being sucked up. But that's just natural compost for the plants ;) I can't see it if I leave it alone, so it dosen't bother me. In all my tanks though I have mountains of Malaysian Trumpet Snails, and in my gravel tank I also have a Mystery Snail. They probably take care of anything 'visible'.
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Old 05-21-2012, 05:46 PM   #16
 
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Mine has grown tons also and I too pulled off the baby plants but it looks sort of yucky in my book. I have seen pictures of Byron's and it always looked cool. Very natural. Mine tends to get a whole lot of yellow/brown on it. Maybe it just isn't the plant for me.The thing about the crud in the one tank is... It doesn't show up in the other tank. I don't think I am over

feeding as the fish finish it before it hits the bottom. I think it is just the choice of plants I have in there and they are messy. I just pulled out the rest of the Java moss and dumped that. I also dumped the majority of the water sprite and a few scraggly bits of Ludwigia that were not doing well in that tank. It looks better now but there is still work to be done.

It has been so nice out lately, I have been spending time outside rather then pruning tank plants. It is expected to rain soon, so that day will be tank pruning day.
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:42 AM   #17
 
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I would have taken the Java Moss =o

I can't find that anywhere =/ I'm not willing to pay $10 on Ebay for a tiny chunk with most of it being sold from Asia (so it spends a week or more shipping).
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